Music Courses & Classes in London and Online

We offer a wide range of piano, singing and instrumental workshops from complete beginners to advanced standard, daytime, evening or weekend. We also offer music theory, music tech, history, choirs, orchestra and jazz ensembles.

Choosing your course

Based in the heart of Covent Garden, we have two Model D Steinway pianos, Yamaha acoustic pianos and two suites of digital pianos. Music students have access to practice rooms for the duration of their course and we use the latest versions of Sibelius, Logic and Max/MSP for our music technology courses.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time you can enjoy 20% off our online courses with a start date from 1 September 2020 using discount code: NEWONLINE. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

Expert tutors

Our classes are taught by professional performers and practitioners, many of whom also teach at leading London universities and music conservatoires. We also offer advanced piano masterclasses with visiting performers and professors each year. Please refer to individual course outlines for individual staff biographies.

Studying at City Lit

City Lit students have a proud history of learning an instrument or singing from scratch as well as studying more advanced courses such as music theory exams, and preparing for advanced piano diplomas. Many of our jazz students form ensembles together and we frequently organise concerts and recitals in and around Central London.

Find a course

Browse our range of music courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. Piano masterclass

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 6 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Approach core piano repertoire through the prism of the Russian piano tradition, gaining insight into its principles of rubato, 'sound', chord techniques, pedalling, and the 'artistic image' of a piece. Tutor: Dr Maria Razumovskaya [external website].

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. Musicianship for keyboard players: introduction

    Course Date: Mon 6 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the piano. This course is for pianists who have been learning for around two years. Tutor: Jonathan Wilson.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Album history 1: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

    Course Date: Mon 6 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the history of Bob Dylan’s hugely influential sixth album. Chart Dylan’s change from acoustic to rock – “going electric” and discuss the reception history and enduring appeal of his work. Tutor: Dr Toby Manning [external website].

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  4. Ableton Live

    Course Date: Tue 7 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Live is a revolutionary package that has taken the music world by storm. Performing with a laptop, songwriting or composing, Live’s intuitive and totally flexible interface puts the fun and experimentation back into music making.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Ukulele summer school

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 7 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For experienced players who read tablature. A short course to hone your technique and enjoy playing in a group. Music repertoire will be tailored to suit abilities.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Piano/keyboards: revision for 1B and 1C classes

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 7 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Reinforce your basic piano skills, improve your reading, hand co-ordination and technique. This online course will revise key topics from City Lit 1B and 1C piano syllabus and is a great opportunity to keep learning throughout the summer!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Choir at lunchtime

    Choir at lunchtime

    New
    Course Date: Wed 8 Jul 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and spend your lunchtime singing online. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime!
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £59.00

  8. Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 3 pieces

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 8 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Study two contrasting pieces at a Grade 3 piano syllabus standard. Refresh your knowledge of scales and try some aural tests. This online course is an ideal way to boost your learning over the summer.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  9. Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 8 Jul 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to record yourself using your home digital audio equipment. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Jazz drumming

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 9 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    You will combine playing in swing and Latin grooves with a brief tour of the work of famous jazz drummers. For experienced drummers who are new to jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  11. Drumming for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 9 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An introduction to rhythm and coordination as they apply to drumming. This is a live online class where you will receive direct feedback and encouragement from the tutor. Develop good posture, stick grip and control, drum rudiments and essential coordination exercises - hand to hand and hand to foot. Understand the fundamentals of playing a groove.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  12. Song lyric writing: create and combine with melody

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 9 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style. tutor : Polly Hwewtt.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00

  13. Great musicians: Noël Coward

    Course Date: Fri 10 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Wit, performer, actor, writer, director and composer Noël Coward epitomised elegance and was the epitome of sophisticated Englishness for his generation. We investigate his life, work, successes and legacy. Prepare to be amused!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Piano repertoire: shorts

    Course Date: Fri 10 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Boost your confidence, refresh your practice routine and explore new repertoire with these termly short classes. For pianists at Grade 7+ standard. You must prepare repertoire from the selection listed below.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Jazz vocal improvisation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn some approaches to improvisation over jazz tunes, what to listen for and what to study. You should already be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom. This course aims to increase your confidence and 'know how', and enable you to enjoy improvising. Tutor: Cerys Hogg.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

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